Joan Christodoulou | Hinshaw Lab, University of California, Berkeley
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Hinshaw Lab, University of California, Berkeley

Starting in my first semester as an undergraduate, I pursued my research interests in the area of developmental psychology with a team of graduate students and Professor Stephen Hinshaw on a 4-year mixed-method study investigating girls with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). We studied models of resilience and factors underlying positive development in this understudied population including an analysis on the girls’ self-knowledge. We also devised a code based on language cues to investigate the continuity in the girls’ narratives about their future and their ability to integrate their experiences sequentially from the past and present and connect it to the future. This research experience as well as working with children with special needs confirmed and further strengthened my passion for the study of developmental and cognitive psychology.